The Hindu Review Daily Gk Update : 19th March 2019
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♦ Pramod Sawant to be next Goa CM
- Goa Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant is set to be the next chief minister and is scheduled to take oath at 11 pm on Monday. Finalising Sawant’s name, Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari had earlier said that the party had decided on the next chief minister, and also held talks with the alliance partners.
- “I am in Goa till 6 pm and it would be better if we zero down to the consensus before that. BJP Goa has decided who should be their leader; the issue is only with alliance partners,” Gadkari had said.
♦ India and Maldives Sign Three Agreement
- Sushma Swaraj also held meeting with country’s home minister and leader of Adaalath party Sheikh Imran Abdulla. She met her Maldivian counterpart Abdullah Shahid and had a joint ministerial meeting yesterday where the latter reiterated his Government’s “India-First Policy” and said that the Government of Maldives would remain sensitive towards India’s security and strategic concerns.
- A joint statement at the end of visit mentioned that three agreements were signed on visa facilitation for diplomatic and official passport holders, development cooperation and renewable energy.
- Maldives foreign minister expressed his government’s appreciation for the continued support extended from India towards the development of human resources, including capacity building programmes, and provision of training and scholarship opportunities.
- He noted the key role that India continues to play in the socio-economic development of the Maldives. Mrs. Swaraj reiterated that India attaches the highest importance to its relationship with Maldives, which is marked by trust, transparency, mutual understanding, and sensitivity.
- She said that in line with Government of India’s neighbourhood First policy, India stands ready to fully support the Government of Maldives in its socio-economic development.
- Both Foreign Ministers agreed on the importance of maintaining peace and security in the Indian Ocean Region, and to strengthen coordination in enhancing regional maritime security.
♦ Opening ceremony: Africa-India Field Training Exercise-2019
- The inaugural Africa-India Field Training Exercise-2019 for India and African nations called AFINDEX-19 scheduled from 18 March to 27 March 2019 started with a grand opening ceremony on 18 March 2019 at Aundh Military Station, Pune. Contingents of the 17 African Nations i.e. Benin, Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe came together for the opening ceremony alongwith a contingent of Maratha Light Infantry representing India.
- The aim of the exercise is to practice the participating nations in planning and conduct of Humanitarian Mine Assistance and Peace Keeping Operations under Chapter VII of United Nations Peace Keeping Operations. The exercise will focus on exchange of best practices between the participating nations, team building and tactical level operations in conduct of United Nations mandated tasks to include establishment of a new mission, siting of a United Nations Headquarters for Peace Keeping operations, siting of Military Observer sites during the peace keeping missions, protection of civilians, nuances of standing combat deployment, convoy protection, patrolling aspects and aspects related to Humanitarian Mine Assistance.
♦ 3rd Indo-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction held in New Delhi
- The 3rd Indo-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction was held here today. The workshop was attended by about 140 delegates from Japan and India including experts from both the governments, top premium research institutes, city administrators, specialized Disaster Management agencies and private sector.
- The Government of India and the Government of Japan had signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in September 2017. The 3rd Indo-Japan workshop is the follow-up of the deliberations held during the 1st Indo-Japan Workshop on DRR held on March 18-19, 2018 in New Delhi as well as during the 2nd Indo-Japan workshop on DRR held on October 13-15, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. The 3rd workshop was organized with an objective of enhancing collaboration between research institutes, cities and the private sector in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction.
♦ Second Scorpene submarine ready for induction
- The Navy is set to induct the second Scorpene submarine Khanderi by early May, a defence source said. The remaining submarines in the series are in advanced stages of manufacturing and trials.
- “Khanderi has completed all trials and is in the final stages of acceptance. It is expected to be commissioned into the Navy by end April or early May,” the defence source said. Khanderi was launched into water in January 2017 and has since been undergoing a series of trials.
♦ Mukesh Ambani tops list of world’s richest sports team owners
- Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani leads Forbes’ list of richest sports team owners with a net worth of around $50 billion. Ambani purchased the IPL team Mumbai Indians through an RIL subsidiary in 2008 for just over $100 million. The team have gone on to lift the IPL crown on three occasions in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
♦ Athletics: India finishes second in medal tally at Asian Youth C’ships
- In Asian Youth Athletics Championships in Hong Kong, boys medley relay team won a gold medal for India on the final day to help Indian youth team finish second in the overall medals tally with a total of 26 medals including eight gold, nine silver and nine bronze medals.
- China topped the overall medals tally with 31 medals that included 12 gold, 11 silver and eight bronze medals and Japan finished third with 20 medals that included 6 Gold, 8 Silver and 6 bronze.
♦ PCB pays $1.6 mn to BCCI after losing case in ICC’s Dispute Committee
- The Pakistan Cricket Board has paid the BCCI approximately $1.6 million as compensation after losing the case in the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani claimed on Monday.
- “We incurred costs of around $2.2 million on the compensation case which we lost,” Mani said.
- He insisted that besides the amount paid to India to cover the costs of the case the other expenses were related to legal fees and travelling.
- The PCB had filed a compensation case against the BCCI last year before the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee for an amount of around $70 million.
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